Supreme Court Rules, Practices, and Traditions

The Term

When does the U.S. Supreme Court meet?

The U.S. Supreme Court convenes the first Monday of October for the start of its new term. The Court’s term usually ends at the end of June. Federal law, codified at 28 U.S.C. section 2 provides: “The Supreme Court shall hold at the seat of government a term of court commencing on the first Monday in October of each year and may hold such adjourned or special terms as may be necessary.”


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